How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are currently the most effective replacement for natural teeth due to their strength, durability, and beauty. A dental implant is indeed a “new tooth” with a small screw that attachesto the jaw bone and a crown fixed at the top.
Let’s examine the issue of durability and longevity in dental implants, as they are important considerations.
Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate. The rejection rate is very minimal as is the risk of getting infection after getting a new dental implant.
The screw is made out of titanium which — after insertion into the jaw — facilitates bone growth. With this structure, your new tooth will be similar in function and appearance to a natural tooth.
With proper care, dental implants can last you a lifetime. They are immune to tooth decay but they are not immune to gum disease. You should brush and floss to ensure that the implants remain healthy. Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are important to avoid complications.
The dental crown is fixed to the implant, just as with a real natural tooth. Even though the crown is durable, it will not last forever. Crowns require replacement every 15 years, on average, although they may last longer with proper care.
Factors That Can Damage Implants
Gum disease may adversely affect the implant since it damages gum and bone support which can loosen the implant. Maintain good oral hygiene to prevent onset of gum disease.
Avoid chewing on dry ice and other hard objects that may destroy your implant (and your natural teeth). Don’t open packets or bottles using teeth or chew on pens and pencils. The objects will damage the crown and cause problems for the implant.
Dental implants will last the longest time possible with proper oral healthcare, regular dental visits, and by avoiding smoking.
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